Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería

CRUZ BLANCA BREWERY & TAQUERÍA | 904 WEST RANDOLPH ST | CHICAGO | 312-733-1975

LOCATION AND HOURS

ADDRESS:

904 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607-2208

HOURS:

Tuesday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m.-midnight
Sunday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Holiday Hours: Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Day.

HAPPY HOUR:

Sunday Funday: Half-priced draft beers all day
Taco Tuesday: Chorizo-Potato Tacos, $2/each 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday:  $3 brewers choice drafts and $3 Milagro Tequila shots 4:00-6:00 p.m.

 

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Cruz Blanca is a brewery with a walk-up taqueria counter. Seating is open and we do not accept reservations.

For large groups or private dining options, please contact Lisa Carlson at lcarlson@fronterahospitality.com or by calling (312) 733-1975. Our 2nd floor taproom can host up to 50 guests seated, or up to 100 reception-style.  

BREWERY

Inspired by Mexico. Brewed for Chicago.

Cruz Blanca makes new world interpretations of classic German, Austrian, and French styles of beer, much like the beers that blossomed throughout Mexico City in the 1860s.

Look for German pilsners and Vienna lagers, German Berliner Weisse, wiessbier, lactic acidic beers and French style Bieres de Garde, as well as a few contemporary American styles utilizing traditional Mexican and locally sourced ingredients.

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Rick and Deann Bayless, Proprietors
Manny Valdes, Proprietor
Jacob Sembrano, Brewmaster 

Brewery Tours
Join us for a tour of the Cruz Blanca Brewery. Great for small groups.

TAQUERÍA

Cruz Blanca’s taquería takes its inspiration from the “smoke alley” at Oaxaca’s Mercado 20 de Noviembre, where thick plumes of smoke foretell the primal pleasures of wood-grilled meats.

Here, you’ll walk up and choose your main attraction —half-cured flank tasajo, red chile pork cecina, chorizo, chicken or portobello— and our taqueros will pile it all on a big beer tray with accompaniments of wood-grilled knob onions and peppers, smoky Oaxacan pasilla salsa, avocado salsa, crunchy pico de gallo, grilled nopal cactus and limey cucumbers. And, of course, a stack of fresh-made tortillas.

Not into tacos? We also offer Oaxcan-style tlayudas — giant, shareable tostadas with black bean spread, cheese, grilled knob onions, güero chile, green salsa and your choice of wood-grilled protein — and encamaronadas, a cheesy shrimp quesadilla with pico de gallo.

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CATERING & EVENTS

FIESTA FRIENDLY FARE FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT
Plan the perfect fiesta with crowd-pleasing fare from award-winning chef Rick Bayless. Our catering and private events menus are filled with soul satisfying flavors from Mexico’s Smoke Alley.

Your guests can make their own tacos with our house-made corn tortillas and choose from an array of toppings. Include our freshly–made guacamole, amazing sides, and stellar house-beers for a fun fiesta spread at Cruz Blanca or packaged to go for your catered event.

Cruz Blanca Upstairs Taproom

Cruz Blanca Catering Request Form
Please note this form only serves as a request. We appreciate advanced notice so we can provide what you need, when you need it! Once submitted, a member of our team will contact you for order confirmation. Please feel free to email us at catering@cruzblanca.com, if you don't hear from us within 24 hours. Cruz Blanca is closed Mondays.

Wood-Fired Taco Fillings

Make your own tacos with housemade corn tortillas, grilled knob onions, güero chile and salsa.
2 Tacos per person (choice of 1-2 fillings)
3 Tacos per person (choice of 1-3 fillings)
4 Tacos per person (choice of 1-4 fillings)
Beef Tasajo / cured flank steak
Oaxacan Chorizo 
Roasted Garlic Chicken Breast 
Mushroom / garlic-agave portobello

Sides

Each side serves 10 people. Please select quantity.
Grilled Chips
Red Salsa
Green Salsa
Guacamole
Cucumber Salad / radish, red onion, cilantro, lime
Extra Tortillas / handmade corn tortillas (20)

Desserts

Each order serves 10 people. Please select quantity.​​
Wood-Oven Mini-Cookies / Assorted chef's choice, baked fresh daily

Drinks

Please select quantity of items. Specific growlers can be requested in our “notes” box (subject to availability). Or our party coordinator can suggest them for you.
Please select quantity of items.
Agua Fresca / Fresh Fruit Cooler 64oz
Cruz Blanca House-Beers / Howlers 32oz
Cruz Blanca House-Beers / Growlers 64oz

Catering Supplies

Check the items you'd like to add. Cruz Blanca will adjust quantity to fit your party size and order.
Plates and Utensils 
Tongs, Serving Spoons 

ABOUT CRUZ BLANCA BREWERY & TAQUERÍA

European Tradition. Local Focus. Mexican Style.

Emil Dercher, a brewer working in the great Alstatian technique of bottle-conditioning and using local botanicals, left France and made his way to Mexico City, where he sold beers under the Cruz Blanca label. It’s in that same adventurous spirit that we’ve reestablished Cruz Blanca Cervecería in Chicago.

Cruz Blanca is a place to settle in and sample craft beers made in that European tradition — Bieres de Garde and many more—with a Mexican touch, all expressed with local ingredients. Think malts, honey and botanicals all procured in and around Chicago.

OUR TEAM

JACOB SEMBRANO
HEAD BREWER

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Jacob is a former fast food cook, cheesemonger, line cook and sous chef in various snout-to-tail restaurants. After leaving The Bristol in Chicago, where he worked as a cook, Jacob began brewing beer at Goose Island Clybourn and became the head brewer. At Cruz Blanca, he says his responsibility is creating beer with a meaning and an inspiration behind it.

LISA CARLSON
MANAGER & PRIVATE EVENTS

Lisa literally grew up in a bed & breakfast, so hospitality has always been part of her life. She’s a huge supporter of Chicago’s craft beer community — she spent years managing Goose Island’s Clybourn Brewpub — and it’s her mission to introduce the city to the magical pairing of Bieres de Garde and Oaxacan tacos.

TODD WHITE
ASSISTANT BREWER & MANAGER

Todd met the love of his life, who currently works for Goose Island, over beers in his native Australia.  After getting married, they both spent time at a West Coast (of the USA) brewery.  Now in Chicago, Todd has become Cruz Blanca’s jack-of-all-trades.  Whether it’s crafting brews with Jacob, managing the floor or manning a bar, there’s guaranteed to be “warm smiles and cold beers.” Instagram: toddwhitecorn

NOSHEEN KHAN
BAR MANAGER

Nosheen is all about the business: so much so, that in college at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods she majored in business (and marketing.) That being said, there has been a noticeable uptick in fun since Nosheen joined the staff.  Nosheen joined us from Formento’s, our delicious Italian restaurant neighbor just across Randolph Street. Instagram noshiface

LINNEA COULTER
MANAGER

Cruz Blanca, of Chef Rick Bayless’ restaurant group, is the third local dining institution that Linnea has helmed.  She previously worked with Jacob and Lisa at Goose Island Brewpub, cultivating her love of beer and hospitality.  Linnea’s very first job was at Chicago’s own Potbelly Sandwich Works: that’s where she began her studies in deliciousness. Instagram lmc7496

CESAR AGUILAR
GENERAL MANAGER

Cesar has built his passion and creativity for mixology (and beer, of course) while running a few of Chicago’s top bar programs, such as Mercadito: he understands how welcoming hospitality, and setting the ‘just right’ mood, are equally as important as the ingredients in the glass. At Cruz Blanca, Cesar has introduced more local spirits for fresh cocktails that compliment Jacob’s amazing beers.

ILIANA LOZA
SOUS CHEF

Born and raised in Chicago, Chef Iliana is inspired by the bounty of seasonal produce and locally raised protein to be found in the Midwest, and utilized in new ways to create Cruz Blanca’s Oaxacan cuisine.  Following in the footsteps of her father, who also cooked on the line and now runs a pasta shop, Chef Iliana has been preparing for this role her entire lifeInstagram ila2011

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STEPHEN SANDOVAL
SOUS CHEF
Stephen has worked around the world from New Orleans to Mexico City to Argentina but is rooted by his childhood in San Diego. His father owned a car wash in Tijuana and they would go hunting together in Mexicali. Stephen has been braving Cruz Blanca’s roaring fire with a GoPro camera, filming his day to day culinary adventures.
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ROBERTO CALDERON
SOUS CHEF

Roberto joins us after several years with the BOKA Restaurant Group, more specifically our delicious neighbor Little Goat. Prior to that, Roberto was at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo for more than a decade! We are super excited to welcome Chef Roberto back, and Cruz Blanca’s Oaxacan specialty dishes have never tasted better.

CONTACT US

Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería
904 West Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60607
312-733-1975
info@cruzblanca.com